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The evolution of networks of rural older adults

G. Clare Wenger and Norah Keating

in Rural ageing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349019
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303299 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349019.003.0004
The evolution of networks of rural older adults

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This chapter aims to answer the question of how the support networks of older rural adults evolve, change and adapt over time. It identifies the changes in social support of older adults for a period of 20 years, starting from their mid-sixties until their mid-eighties. It shows that an understanding of the support networks of older rural adults over time allows one to trace the evolution of networks in context. It helps in distinguishing who among the older adults in rural communities are embedded in support networks, which will evolve to provide care if needed. It also helps in deconstructing the idea of the universal supportiveness of rural communities.

Keywords: support networks; evolution; changes; care; universal supportiveness; rural communities

Chapter.  4850 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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